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Daniel Wadsworth Lewis

November 25, 1766
June 19, 1837
Home Town:
Farmington, CT
Later Residences:
Litchfield, CT
Geneva, NY
Buffalo, NY
Elizabeth Collins Lewis (July 25, 1791)
Biographical Notes:
Daniel Lewis was the son, and eldest child, of Thomas and Sarah (Guernsey) Lewis of Farmington, CT. After graduating from Yale College, he attended the Litchfield Law School and settled there in the practice of his profession, marrying on July 25, 1791, Elizabeth, eldest child of John and Lydia (Buell) Collins, who was born in Litchfield on August 5, 1766.

He was State's Attorney for Litchfield County, but removed in 1800 to Geneva, New York, and thence to Buffalo, where he died on June 19, 1837, in his 71st year. His wife died in Geneva. Their children were two sons, both of whom died in infancy.

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale in 1788.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Training with Other Lawyers:
He studied law with his father.
State Posts:
State's Attorney (CT)

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
[We are currently working to update and confirm citations of attendance.]
Secondary Sources:
Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 4. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1907.

Kilbourne, Dwight C. The Bench and Bar of Litchfield County, Connecticut 1709-1909. Litchfield, CT: Published by the Author, 1909.

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